Apr 27, 2017 / by womenseconomy

Team’s Background

  • Sally Arkley, Director for the UK

Sally has been a leading figure in the economic development of women and girls for nearly 20 years. She led the Women’s Business Development Agency (WBDA) in the UK from 2001 until 2015, an internationally respected leader for innovation in the sector.

She is the co-founder of Birmingham Business School’s Centre for Women’s Enterprise and Leadership and also co-founded the first UK-government sponsored Regional Women’s Enterprise Unit. She has designed and developed award-winning business support, personal growth and employability programmes for women, from the most disadvantaged to entrepreneurs running multi-million concerns.

She is an expert in leadership education for girls and women and is particularly committed to supporting those who are economically disadvantaged. 

In 2008 Sally was presented with the Queen’s award for Enterprise Promotion and in 2010 she was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by the Queen for her services to women’s enterprise.

Sally works with other associates of Women’s Economy Europe to deliver our services in UK.

  • Nicoletta Bertolone Jones, Director for Italy

As a former official of the Italian Foreign Office, Nicoletta is fluent in both Italian and English. She is an experienced educator in both Italy and the United Kingdom.

In the UK she led a scheme to embed Italian into over 50 British schools, benefitting more than 3000 pupils in schools where there were a significant number of children of Italian parentage. She went on to pioneer a scheme for regular in-service training courses for the Italian teachers with experts from the University of Bologna. She was promoted to Direttrice Didattica for The West Midlands and Wales, a post she held until the end of her mandate. 

In 2005 she joined WBDA as Director for School Education. She led a number of innovative programmes including the development of a computer game to raise enterprise awareness, particularly in young women gifted in science for the UK National Endowment for Science and the Arts. She is currently living in Italy where she presides the association “Women@Work Italia” which mainly supports women entrepreneurs and business women.

Nicoletta works with other associates of Women’s Economy Europe to deliver our services in Italy.

  • Stella Mally, Director for Spain

Stella is a qualified lawyer with a Masters degree in International Relations and training in leadership and social innovation by ESADE Business School.

In 2017 she was awarded by the Women Economic Forum as “Iconic Woman Creating a Better World for All”. She has developed and managed numerous international projects relating to women and girls and she use to speak at international forums about gender diversity related issues. After having been a mentor for young entrepreneurs, in 2017 she decides to found her own businesses while keep on working as a consultant.

Stella is fluent in Spanish, Catalan, English, German and Italian. And has presented widely on gender issues in all these languages.

Stella works with other associates of Women’s Economy Europe to deliver our services in Spain.